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After a long break from ship modeling, for many reasons, I started building OcCres Cazador. But it felt like all my wood working skills hade abandoned me. Whatever I did pieces broke, did fit, or ended up the wrong way. Basically I failed in everything. Finally I decided to take a break and work on an easier kit to get some confidence back. From the vaults I got my trusty Greek Bireme and started to build it instead.

 

So far only one (lousy) picture but more is on the way. Anyway, the mode lkit is great (as all Duseks are according to me) and is going together smoothly. There are other Bireme builds here which are and will be much much nicer than mine. I will build it straight out of the box.

 

 

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31 minutes ago, Torbogdan said:

Even no picture I noticed. Photobucket is not cooperating... Will have to find another place from where to upload pictures.

 

We strongly discourage the use of third party hosting sites for your MSW photos. Those sites can go down, in which case all of your photo links here will be dead. It's happened before. We have very good file uploading capability built into our forum software; the tool bar is located at the bottom of your reply window.

 

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Once you have your files uploaded, your attachments bar will look like this.

 

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To insert an image into your post, place your cursor at the desired location, then click the "+" on the thumbnail in the attachments bar. Afterwards, if you need to, you can resize the image by double-clicking on it and using the pop-up menu that results.

 

Hope that helps!

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After som professional help I have been able to insert a picture! It might be a small step for mankind but a giant leap for me... :)

@ccoyle If we were on the same continent I would buy you a beer as a thank you, but unfortunately I´m in Sweden. But if you happen to visit Sweden I will buy you one and show you the Wasa museum!

 

 

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The deck has been attached. The wood/veneer is really thin so it warps easily. I glued it with quick drying white glue. Next time I'll use more slow drying glue as this is almost too quick. As I said before this will be a "quick and dirty" build, (quick in shipbuilding for me still means quite some time...)

 

It is my third Dusek kit, I must say I am fond of them. Good models, excellent instructions and pleasant to build.

 

 

 

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A cluttered picture of stuff. I'll join the family for some vacation (they are already in the mountains but I'm still working). but leaving tomorrow. Of course I'll bring some stuff to hopefully get some time to build.

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Time for a quick update. didn't have any spare time to build while on vacation but now everything is back to normal so finally some time to work on this model!

 

The instructions says to fit the top plank first so I have done that, so far so good. When planking I usually fit one plank per side per day. My process is fairly slow, test fit, if necessary bend it using a plank bender, test fit again, put it in hot water for a while to soften it, fit it in its place, waiting for it to dry, and finally glue it into place, wait for the glue to set and done. It takes time though so getting more than one plank a side per evening is difficult.

 

@Louie da fly, your model is stunning. I'll be very very happy if mine is half as nice as yours

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Thanks, mate.

 

Your planking regimen sounds like a good one. It's better to take more time and get it right than to hurry and get it almost right.

 

I'm sure your model will look very good when it's finished.

 

Steven

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Slowly but surely the hull is taking shape. No pictures as there is not much to see (except some more planks...)😉

 

Usually I can add one plank per side per evening. The glue needs to dry and so on. But sometimes life intrudes so maybe 3-4 planks per side per week is more realistic. 
 

I look forward to the rigging part, working with rigging is my favorite part in model ship building. 

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  • 2 weeks later...

Planking is coming around slowly but surely. About 75% done. To do something different for a while I have started on the oars. 50 needs to be done. So two done forty eight to go!

 

I use my Dremel as a mini lathe. Stick the wood in the chuck and grind it down with sandpaper. Works very well but one needs to be careful or the wooden stick might snap if too much pressure is applied.

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Working in the bireme has been very slow for a couple of weeks. Basically nothing has been done for about a month...

 

Now I hope I will have some time for it! Today I have manufactured about a dozen oars. Approx 1/4 of what I need. Hull is almost complete, just a few planks left to do. 
 

 

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